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Rheinsteig Stage 18: Rüdesheim-Johannisberg (North-South)

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  • Blick auf Rüdesheim
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  • / Niederwald Denkmal
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Rüdesheim - Niederwald monument - Hildegardis Convent - Eibingen - Blaubach Valley - Nothgottes Abbey - Marienthal Abbey - Sandkopf hill at Stephanshausen - Wiesengrund Castle - Johannisberg - Geisenheim
Distance 14.7 km
4:00 h
275 m
381 m
360 m
159 m
If you don't visit Rüdesheim on the Rhine, you haven't really been to the Rhine. Singing Rüdesheim's praises as a tourist resort is like carrying coals to Newcastle. The Drosselgasse street is genuinely world famous, while poets have praised the monument high above on the Niederwald. And if you want to mention anything else about Rüdesheim, there's the wine museum in Brömserburg Castle, the mechanical music cabinet, Saint Hildegard von Bingen and the Nations Christmas Market – that's why the Rhine is so great.

Author’s recommendation

Gleich zu Beginn der Etappe lohnt sich ein Besuch der Abtei Sankt Hildegard, welche auf die Tradition der hl. Hildegard von Bingen zurückgeht.
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Frank Gallas
Update: March 09, 2022
Premium route awarded the "Deutsches Wandersiegel"
Highest point
360 m
Lowest point
159 m
Best time of year

Rest Stop

Abtei St. Hildegard

Safety information

Health and safety
  • Wear suitable weatherproof clothing that will protect you from cold, wet, heat and sunshine.
  • Make sure you take regular breaks and don't overexert yourself.
  • Take enough fluids with you as there are sections without rest stops.
  • Wear suitable hiking boots/shoes which give you enough grip on slippery, steep, rocky and uneven surfaces.
  • Avoid any sections of the route which you feel are too difficult for you. Natural trails can quickly become wet and slippery in adverse weather conditions.
  • Particularly in autumn, you should be careful of uneven ground, roots, stones or holes that have been covered by leaves.
  • You need to take these kinds of adverse conditions into account every time you go on a hike.
  • Particularly steep and dangerous places are made safer with handrails or ropes. Please use these as safety aids. Handrails are not to be climbed on or used to get a better view!

Tips and hints


Rüdesheim, Niederwald monument (292 m)
49.982762, 7.903187
49°58'57.9"N 7°54'11.5"E
32U 421367 5537290


Johannisberg, Ansbach Valley

Turn-by-turn directions

At the start of the hike you can take it easy and soar above the vines in a cable car. After arriving at the top, you can gladly leave the hustle and bustle around the Germania statue behind you to your left and walk over to St Hildegard Abbey in the vineyards. Hildegard von Bingen had already founded a Benedictine convent in nearby Eibingen in 1165. The present day church was consecrated in 1904. Today 60 nuns live and work in the convent, selling Hildegard's writings, wine and other local delicacies.

Next stop is the former abbey at Nothgottes, idyllically located in the Blaubach Valley. Over a hundred years ago the abbey was an important place of pilgrimage, as was Marienthal Abbey in the Elsterbach Valley. The heyday of both churches was the 15th and 16th centuries. In 1468, the oldest monastery printing press in the world was founded in the Marien Valley. Today some Franciscans still live here and serve the pilgrims who still visit the abbey. Instead of now going straight to Johannisberg, the trail leads away from the Rhine Valley and follows the Philosophenweg trail uphill to the Rhine District Forest. On the Sandkopf hill the trail crosses the L3272 in order to continue uphill for a short stretch and then turn sharply to the right into the meadowland. The trail passes the Neugebauer Haus, through fields and forests, and continues into a meadow valley near Johannisberg, where the trail lets you continue to the left.

Getting home: passing the world-famous wine-producing castle, you will quickly reach Geisenheim.


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Public transport

Bus/train to Rüdesheim train station

Getting there

By car: B42 to Rüdesheim train station

Take the path leading to the Rheinsteig trail or the cable car to the Niederwald monument.


Car park at Rüdesheim train station


49.982762, 7.903187
49°58'57.9"N 7°54'11.5"E
32U 421367 5537290
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

Literatur zum Rheinsteig erhältlich im Online-Shop des Rheinsteigs

Author’s map recommendations

Rheinsteig-Wanderkarten sind erhältlich im Online-Shop des Rheinsteigs


Hiking boots/shoes
Suitable weatherproof clothing

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Rolf Lüdtke 
April 05, 2021 · Community
When did you do this route? April 02, 2021
Christian Goebel
August 13, 2017 · Community
When did you do this route? August 06, 2017
Christian Goebel
August 06, 2017 · Community
Auch von mir fünf Punkte für eine abwechslungsreiche Tour. Allerdings auch der Hinweis, dass um Johannisberg herum die Ausschilderung bisweilen etwas spärlich ist und man leicht vom Weg abkommen kann. Durch die relativ weite Entfernung von den Bahnhöfen nimmt die Zuwegung auch noch einiges an Strecke ein. Das sollte man einplanen. Ich bin vom Bahnhof Oestrich nach Rüdesheim Bf gelaufen, insgesamt knapp 20 km.
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When did you do this route? August 06, 2017
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14.7 km
4:00 h
275 m
381 m
Highest point
360 m
Lowest point
159 m
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